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While there may be lingering concerns about Donald's height and weight for a defensive lineman, his performances on the field and at the NFL combine could make him a first-round selection. Donald was one of the most-decorated college football players this past season, earning four major national awards and unanimous All-American honors. Playing for his hometown team, the Pittsburgh tackle made 59 stops with an NCAA-best 28 1/2 for a loss, 11 sacks and 16 quarterback hurries. The ACC's defensive player of the year then had impressive showings at Senior Bowl practices and another one in February in Indianapolis. Donald showed off remarkable speed for a defensive tackle at the NFL combine by running 4.68 in the 40-yard dash. He also showcased his strength with 35 reps in the bench press, second-most by any defensive lineman, and was fourth in the three-cone drill at 7.11 seconds. Donald's speed and his effectiveness with his hands are two reasons why he was a standout performer for the Panthers. He finished with 29 1/2 sacks and 66 tackles for loss in his four seasons. He also had 11 sacks as a sophomore, when he earned the first of three consecutive all-conference honors. The 29 1/2 sacks were the fourth-most in Pitt history and most by a Panthers player in 27 years.